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Oklahoma Hall of Fame names 2014 honorees

The Oklahoma Heritage Association has announced its 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees. The hall’s 87th class will consist of Wanda Jackson, Blake Shelton, Alfre Woodard, Harold T. Holden, Neal McCaleb, Thomas H. McCasland and Peggy Clark Stephenson.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 15, 2014
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From household names to largely unsung heroes, seven Oklahomans from a wide range of fields have been selected for induction into the 87th class of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

The 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees are Wanda Jackson, of Maud; Blake Shelton, of Ada; Alfre Woodard, of Tulsa; Harold T. Holden, of Kremlin; Neal McCaleb, of Oklahoma City; Thomas H. McCasland, of Duncan; and Peggy Clark Stephenson, of Antlers. The honorees will be formally inducted into the hall Nov. 13 at the Cox Convention Center, the Oklahoma Heritage Association announced Thursday.

“The Oklahoma Hall of Fame strives to honor the best and brightest Oklahomans in industries across the spectrum,” said Shelley Rowan, director of marketing for the Oklahoma Heritage Association. “All of our inductees excel in their respective careers.”

Induction into the hall of fame is considered the single highest honor an individual can receive from the state. While some on this year’s list may be more widely known than others, Rowan said, they have all earned their place among the cast of 662 people who have been inducted since 1928.

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Tickets and table sponsorships for the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will go on sale Aug. 29. For more information, call 523-3203, email mc@oklahomaheritage.com or go to www.oklahomaheritage.com.

•Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson’s 60-year musical career has taken her around the world. Born in Maud and raised in Oklahoma City, she received a Grammy Award in 1963 for Best Female Country Vocalist, and she previously has been inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the German Music Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

•An Ada native and Tishomingo resident, country music superstar Blake Shelton has become a television staple in his role as a celebrity coach on NBC’s hit reality series “The Voice.” The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter last fall was named the Country Music Association’s male vocalist of the year for the fourth straight year.

•Tulsa native Alfre Woodard’s work as an actor has earned her an Oscar nomination, four Emmy Awards, 17 Emmy nominations, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Her most recent Emmy nominations were for outstanding supporting actress in the Lifetime remake of “Steel Magnolias” and for outstanding guest actress in a drama series on HBO’s “True Blood.”

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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If you go

Banquet and induction ceremony

Tickets and table sponsorships for the Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will go on sale Aug. 29. For more information, call 523-3203, email mc@oklahomaheritage.com or go to www.oklahomaheritage.com.

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